Pondering over the latest NC State record catfish that was caught, released and found dead. I suspect that the majority of us are just like this guy. He tried his best, had upmost respect for the fish, cradled the fish... all he knew to do.... and yet the fish died. In his documentary, he conveyed his hope of better information, better means, to hold and preserve a fish like this. It makes me ponder over the fact that I.... most of us... are not prepared. It's not reasonable for us to carry a 300 gallon tank in our trucks to the boat landing each time out. But... what can we do? I post this that it may lead to a thread.... containing good advice, thoughts possibly outside the box. Possibly, a resource of state by state contact info of the biologist phone numbers. Possibly... a state by state resource of catfish clubs, whom might invest in a suitable tank that could house such a fish. Possibly... just info on what works, and what does not work. In this case, this fish died early on. Even though he swam off. Tied to the pier in one of the videos, he could not stay upright and kept turning sideways. Tank or no tank. whether it was surface water temps or previous trama, he was in trouble. And I don't think these fish recover after this. Although seemingly, he seemed to recover before release. So, as I ponder what I would/should do, if, I were to ever catch a fish of a lifetime, I think.... how does a fish reach exhaustion during a fight to the surface? Humans usually don't reach exhaustion from muscle fatigue, but rather lack of oxygen in the lungs. i wonder if it compares... that at the point of human exhaustion, we get a breather... and recover.... a fish, just the opposite, is then with held on the boat floor in the most critical time, exponentially compounding his lack of life dependent need of oxygen and water. This, I don't know. I hope someone whom does know, can clear up these speculations I have. So, I hope many will respond with their thoughts, to ponder over, a sort of think tank. I'll be looking for a biologist contact to post on our local catfish facebook group. Some of these known lakes that have the potential to produce the next State record, I hope they have a local face book catfish club that can pitch in together to have an on hand tank, prepared and ready, with directions to locate certified scales.